Officials: Suspect brandished handgun in McKinleyville trailer park yesterday

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

On Thursday, at approximately 2:45p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls regarding a person running around the McKinleyville Trailer Park, 2331 Central Avenue, brandishing a black colored semi-automatic handgun. Deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers and a State Parks Ranger responded to the scene. Deputies received conflicting reports from witnesses that the suspect was a man or a woman.

After an extensive search and investigation, deputies located a female who matched the description hiding in a trailer in space 19. The female was identified as Reshawn Lindsey O'Kelly, 38 years old, from Crescent City. Several witnessed identified O'Kelly as the person they saw with the handgun. The witnesses however, told the deputies O'Kelly had changed her clothes since the incident. Deputies learned O'Kelly had recently moved into the McKinleyville Trailer park and had an argument with a neighbor in the park, whom she believed assaulted her 13 year old son. During the argument, O'Kelly brandished a semi-auto black handgun. Deputies also learned O'Kelly was on probation with a search clause.

Deputies searched the trailer where O'Kelly was staying and did not find any weapons. Deputies searched the surrounding area for the handgun and could not find it.

O'Kelly was arrested for brandishing a handgun and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked on brandishing a weapon and violation of probation. She was booked and released on her own recognizance.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., a citizen living in the trailer park called the Sheriff's Office and reported he located a black air soft gun hidden in his backyard amongst his children's toys. The gun resembled a semi-automatic handgun. A deputy responded and took custody of the airsoft gun.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff's Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff's Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.